Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.
What is included with this book?
Michel Serres first book in his 'foundations trilogy' is all about beginnings. The beginning of Rome but also about the beginning of society, knowledge and culture. Rome is an examination of the very foundations upon which contemporary society has been built.
With characteristic breadth and lyricism, Serres leads the reader on a journey from a meditation the roots of scientific knowledge to set theory and aesthetics. He explores the themes of violence, murder, sacrifice and hospitality in order to urge us to avoid the repetitive violence of founding. Rome also provides an alternative and creative reading of Livy's Ab urbe condita which sheds light on the problems of history, repetition and imitation.
First published in English in 1991, re-translated and introduced in this new edition, Michel Serres' Rome is a contemporary classic which shows us how we came to live the way we do.
The Greatness of the Romans: the Fable of the Termites
THE BLACK AND WHITE: THE COVERING OVER
I. BLACK BOX: The Trampled Multiplicity
II. CITY OF ALBA: The White Multiplicity
THE EMPIRE AND SUFFRAGE: DEATH
III. EMPIRE: The Fragmented Multiplicity
IV. SUFFRAGE: The Assembled Multiplicity
THE EXCLUDED MIDDLE OR THIRD
V. AENEAS, SABINES
TARQUINS, CORIOLANUS: The Composite Multiplicity
VI. WAR AND PLAGUE: The Multiplicity in Representation
VII. IN THE CITY: The Agitated Multiplicity
VIII. IN THE FIELD: The Multiplicity in Peace